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Langman most capped Silver Fern

updated By Kelvin McDonald , Regan Paranihi
  • Australia

Credit: Sky Sport

Laura Langman has become the most capped Silver Ferns netballer, despite the team's 47-56 loss to the Australian Diamonds in the second test of the Constellation Cup. 

Langman was playing her 146th test for New Zealand, passing the retired Irene van Dyk who was the Silver Fern's leading test player until Langham set the new mark.

The 32-year-old team captain was first selected for the Silver Ferns squad as a 17-year old schoolgirl in 2003.

Speaking to Australia's Channel Nine she says, "I came into this sport in a wicked era and I couldn't have asked for better mentors and sports science staff who kept me on deck".

The Australian Diamonds managed to secure another win against the Silver Ferns in Townsville last night

Despite an improved effort from the Silver Ferns, they couldn’t knock the Australians off their winning streak as the Diamonds came away with a 56-47 win.

The result narrowed the 15 goal loss from Sunday's opening test but there was no fairytale win for Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman.

The Ferns kept Australia on their toes to the bitter end by working their way back into the competition on several occasions throughout the match.

Opportunities opened up for the New Zealand side on the attacking end as a solid defence trio rattled the Australian side at times.

The second quarter showed Australia picking their game up by showing their ability to score quickly through slick and accurate transition play.

Folau found her groove in the shooting circle while Langman was in the thick of the action at both ends of the court.  However, Australia managed to stay five points ahead of the Silver Ferns leading 29-24 at halftime.

The Silver Ferns gamely clawed the margin back to one in the run home but were unable to contain the fast-charging Diamonds.

The final test of the series is set for 14 October in Hamilton.